The CURE Alliance was born with the objective of turning partner universities into key agents of a local development with European projection that responds to the challenge of globalization.
The six universities that are members of the CURE Alliance are characterized by being very committed institutions with their territory, with a strong impact on the local economy and with common problems typical of peripheral European regions.
The CURE Alliance is based on the synergistic effect of the complementary strengths of its partners to lead a common mission at a European level.
By focusing on its areas of expertise, the CURE Alliance aims at becoming a key agent that will foster regional development through knowledge, entrepreneurship and innovation, mainly in non-core European regionsand territories, and eventually in all Europe.
The CURE Alliance will intensify cooperation between its partners to generate a new model of transnational university, which will offer innovative joint education programmes with embedded student and staff mobility.
The CURE Alliance covers 6 European countries. The knowledge, experiences, management innovations and eventually regional socio-economic improvement to be generated within or to result from the CURE Alliance will provide relevant solutions not only for the non-core regional contexts of the consortium, but also further afield in Europe and even across the world.
The CURE Alliance brings together universities aiming at becoming a driving force in the construction of Europe and the growth and development of its regions through its three fold mission (training, knowledge generation and valorisation).
The mission of the CURE Alliance is fostering economic, social and cultural development, mainly in non-core European regions, through knowledge generation and valorisation, entrepreneurship support and innovation.
CURE will offer Study paths, Master’s degrees and Life Long Learning Programs with specific contents specially designed and implemented to address such non-core region challenges. In addition, it will sustain a number of knowledge-creation working and research teams, which will be geared towards providing innovative solutions to the challenges, and which will support specific PhD programmes.
CURE will stand for increasing territorial competitiveness mainly in non-core European regions, sustainability and social responsibility, the search for excellence in teaching and knowledge generation and valorisation and the need for a real social, economic, and cultural impact on society. Inspired by such principles and values, CURE will develop those skills that university students will need to succeed in an increasingly globalised and competitive world.
By 2025, CURE will have become the European reference in the fields of learning, knowledge generation and valorisation relating to challenges in non-core regions and a reference model in University regional engagement through entrepreneurship support and innovation
The CURE core values are based on the following statements:
Facing challenges: CURE will develop new approaches and solutions to successfully meet non-core European regions challenges through knowledge generation and valorisation based on a thorough understanding of their features, particularities and opportunities;
Supporting entrepreneurship: CURE will promote the development of an entrepreneurial culture and facilitate the emergence of new economic, social and professional opportunities, especially among young and vulnerable population in European regions;
Boosting Innovation: CURE will contribute to the creation and dynamization of an open innovation network and ecosystem at a regional level.
CURE will set up innovative tools and training methodologies designed to have an impact on some specific key areas jointly identified by all partners. In this sense, the Strategic Committee has initially identified the following main challenges of non-core regions, which point to specific training and research needs that represent CURE focusing topics:
– Digital transformation: development of digital competences and capacities of citizens and firms of the territory;
– Sustainable growth: linked to areas such as habitat, energy management, smart cities, agri-food systems, and demographical challenges;
– Multilingualism and culture integration: promotion of diversity inclusion, consolidation of a European identity and relation between Europe and the rest of the world;
– Global vs local: balancing globalization and local identities in the territories, fostering entrepreneurial culture, regional dissemination of global economic and social issues, thinking globally and locally;
– Social inclusion: bringing the University closer to population, reaching specially those who are harder to reach and ease mobility from and to labour markets.